Sweet, sweet TnT… What’s happening to you?
Speaking from her home where she had been recuperating from dengue, Persad-Bissessar said:
“The current crime spree dictates that more must be done and stronger action has to be employed now. The situation cannot continue like this without a response commensurate with the wanton acts of violence and lawlessness; it must be a response as well that will halt the current spike in gang activity and crime in general in the shortest possible time”.
She explained that the state of emergency would:
“Would allow for the members of the Defence Force and for persons from the military to have certain powers which allow for powers of search and seizure for powers of arrest, which they do not at present have. What this would do, amongst many other things, is to augment the manpower of the police service. We have 5,000 members of the Defence Force, able bodied men who are trained, who can assist at this time in the greatest battle that we are facing in the war against crime.”
Since that announcement, my social networks, like that of many other islandistas, has been buzzing – with people expressing bewilderment, sadness and solidarity with Trinis and bbm blasts of the areas where the state of emergency is in effect.
And of course, there have been flashes of that signature Trini sense of humour – jokes about bringing back the ‘curfew fetes’ which first came into being during the state of emergency in the 1970s and again during the 1990 coup and jokes about a ‘curfew sex’ fuelled baby boom stopping folks from playing mas for Carnival 2012.